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“It’s a Free Country, Right?” Court Declines to Enjoin Ex-Free Country Ltd. Employees From Contacting Customers on Purloined...

Within days of each other, your clothing company?Free Country Ltd.?loses two employees who decamp to a rival to set up a competing apparel line. You discover that just before leaving, they transferred some 50,000 documents...more

Mission Accomplished … First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Acknowledges Post-Rejection Rights of Licensee of Trademarks

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the First Circuit recently upheld a licensee’s rights to use a debtor’s trademarks and logo after a rejection by the debtor of the underlying licensing and distribution agreement....more

Supreme Court to Consider Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Supreme Court granted the appellant’s petition and the respondent’s cross-petition for a writ of certiorari in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. This is the first time the Court will construe the Biologics...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Amgen v. Sandoz

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted Sandoz’s petition for certiorari and Amgen’s cross-petition in Amgen v. Sandoz, case nos. 15-1039 and 15-1195. The two cases were consolidated, and an hour was allotted for oral...more

[Webinar] Strategies for Adapting to the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) - Impact on Business and Litigation Strategies - Jan....

Please join us for an informative live webinar that will explore the ramifications of the expanded Federal court jurisdiction under the DTSA, some of the latest cases decided under the DTSA; strategies for filing such cases;...more

UPDATE: BOSTON’S Founder and a Former Bandmate Still Seek Peace of Mind

We have written previously about Scholz v. Goudreau, No. 13-CV-10951 (D. Mass.); the case recently went to trial on the parties’ surviving claims, and they are now immersed in post-trial briefing....more

Litigation Alert: In Louis Vuitton Trademark Suit, Second Circuit Says Parody Prevails Even if Brand Owner Doesn’t “Get” the Joke

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the Southern District of New York’s order on summary judgment that My Other Bag’s canvas tote bags do not dilute or infringe Louis Vuitton’s trademarks for...more

Texas Appellate Court Holds Condition Subsequent in Noncompete Agreement Excused Former Employee’s Competitive Activities

A Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment last month in favor of an ex-employee declaring that a noncompete clause in an asset purchase agreement and separate noncompete agreement did not bar him from competing...more

Close Shave on Whether Cease and Desist Letter Creates DJ Jurisdiction

Rather than wait around for the hammer to fall, companies under threat of an intellectual property lawsuit sometimes choose to file a declaratory judgment complaint. Such “DJ” complaints usually ask the court to clear the air...more

Diamonds Are Forever, but Joint Ventures Are Not: Court Finds Claims Preempted by CUTSA in Business Deal Gone Bad

The holiday season is officially upon us: peppermint mochas have popped up on coffee shop menus, carols ring from department store speakers, and you can’t turn on the television without seeing at least three diamond...more

First Circuit BAP Protects Trademark Licensees In Bankruptcy Despite Section 365(n)

The First Circuit recently issued an important interpretation of bankruptcy law that directly impacts trademark licensing rights. In In re Tempnology LLC, 559 B.R. 809 (1st Cir. BAP 2016), the First Circuit Bankruptcy...more

Court Order to U-Haul: Haul Your Non-Compete Clauses Out of California

A California appellate court recently upheld a permanent injunction in Robinson v. U-Haul Company of California barring U-Haul from enforcing its non-compete covenants in California. U-Haul also was required to pay over...more

Ranbaxy and AstraZeneca Prevail in Nexium® Pay-For-Delay Case

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a 2014 jury verdict for AstraZeneca (AZ) and Ranbaxy regarding a 2012 payment of $700 million from AstraZeneca for Ranbaxy to abandon its challenge...more

Termination of Distribution Agreement Does Not Affect Licenses to Cloud-Based Access

After finding that a copyright infringement question analyzed by the district court was more properly a contract interpretation issue, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that...more

No Thanksgiving Turkey for Campari

It is common practice for businesses to engage in trade mark licence agreements as a means to facilitate building brand awareness. However, the High Court of Australia's refusal to grant special leave to appeal the Full Court...more

THANKSGIVING EDITION [FROM THE ARCHIVES]: Court Protects Quizno’s Franchise Turkey Trade Secrets

This Thanksgiving, Trade Secrets Watch is serving a delicious tale about protecting trade secrets in a franchising relationship. In 1994, Quizno’s entered into a franchise agreement with Robert Kampendahl, an...more

McDermott International Legal Highlights November 2016

The New World of Global Tax Planning: a Checklist for Success - As all multinationals (MNEs) are discovering, domestic implementation of the recommendations set out in the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) final...more

Super Moon Harkens Low Tide for Hatch-Waxman Patent Disputes

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in a case that will give pharmaceutical companies pause when considering whether to settle patent challenges under Hatch-Waxman. The Supreme Court’s...more

District Court Stays Patent Litigation Pending State Court Proceedings That Will Determine Licensing Issue

In this patent infringement action, MMEI, owns U.S. patent 6,234,099 ("the '099 patent"). Fineline Industries, Inc. ("Fineline Inc.") entered into a license agreement with MMEI that permitted Fineline Inc. to use the '099...more

Litigation and enforcement in Japan: overview

MAIN DISPUTE RESOLUTION METHODS - 1. What are the main dispute resolution methods used in your jurisdiction to resolve large commercial disputes? Litigation Litigation is the most frequently used dispute...more

“Use in Commerce”: Look Before You Leap

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, With Leave to Amend, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, LLC, et al. v. Treasury Wine Estates Americas Co., 16-cv-04922-RS (Judge Richard Seeborg) - Plaintiffs in trademark cases may be tempted to...more

Supreme Court Will Not Review Pay-For-Delay Case over GSK’s Lamictal

On November 7, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal from a Third Circuit decision finding that a settlement between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Teva) involving the...more

Two reverse-payment appeals to watch

It has been over three years since the Supreme Court’s Actavis decision. Since then, numerous putative class actions alleging harm to competition as a result of “reverse-payment” settlements have flooded the courts. The...more

IP Part 3: Enforcing Your Intellectual Property

"We are certainly flattered by your affection for the brand" - Christy Susman made news for her surprisingly kind words to Patrick Wensink, author of Broken Piano for President, in a cease-and-desist letter after...more

Second Circuit Addresses Expropriation and Imputation Issues under FSIA

Introduction - On October 14, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Second Circuit) issued a decision in Arch Trading Corp. v. Republic of Ecuador, a case addressing the expropriation exception to...more

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